CHILDREN from Celtic Spring Nursery in Newport have raised nearly £2000 for the Cure Rett Charity, by completing their annual sponsored toddle.

Around 70 children, aged between six months and four years, made their way around a lake opposite the nursery.

The children fundraised for the charity by collecting donations from families and friends.

Staff were hoping to raise £1600 from the toddle, beating their total from last year’s fundraising event.

However, the target was exceeded after donations came flooding in via the nursery’s Just Giving page.

Charlene Durston, 33, nursery manager of Celtic Spring Nursery, believed the final total to be close to £2,000.

She said: “We have the toddle every year, with a charity picked by the staff.

“The children loved the activity, obviously for some it’s difficult to understand about the charity but it’s important to teach them the habit of helping others.

“It was quite a way for the little ones to walk, but they did have a lot of fun.”

Rett Syndrome is caused by a random genetic mutation in young children which can lead to devastating loss of developed skills, such as being unable to walk or speak.

Mrs Durston said: “We’re also very grateful to the parents from other nurseries in the area who have donated and helped us to achieve our fundraising target.”

The nursery has previously raised money for the British Heart Foundation and Children In Need.

For further information on Rett Syndrome, head online to the campaign’s website at